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Hiv Symptoms Timeline
Days to weeks: Acute hiv-1 infection is often associated with an acute “retroviral syndrome” that usually includes fever with a variety of nonspecific clinical and laboratory abnormalities. In contrast, subjects with early hiv-1 infection can also be entirely asymptomatic. The time from exposure to symptomatic disease is typically 2 to 4 weeks, and the duration of illness is generally days to weeks. ...Read more
Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more
Varies per person.: Within a few weeks of being infected with hiv, some people develop flu-like symptoms that last for a week or two, but others have no symptoms at all. People living with HIV may appear and feel healthy for several years. However, even if they feel healthy, HIV is still affecting their bodies, and can be spread to other people. Swollen lymph glands and fatigue are common symptoms after a few years. ...Read more
HIV viremia: Most people do not get symptoms when they are exposed to HIV. But, if one gets symptoms, they would come about ten days after infection and would mimic the flu: muscle aches, fatigue, and perhaps a fine body rash. Remember HIV infection can now be fully prevented. Treatment started within 72 hours after exposure is effective. There is also now a pill to prevent HIV infection taken before exposure ...Read more
Variable: Symptoms may be totally non-existent for years after getting HIV infected, because most are a result of prolonged progressive damage to the immune system. Signs are predominantly laboratory data, showing decrease in cd4 counts, increased viral loads, etc. There may be physical findings of enlarged lymph nodes or spleen but these are quite variable. ...Read more
Yes and no: They can.....But they may also be sequential or totally absent in physical findings. ...Read more
Early HIV symptoms: The first symptoms of HIV infection are often minimal, non-specific and transient. This time frame is called sero-conversion when the body is producing an immune reaction to the virus. Symptoms may include headache, not feeling well, rash, fatigue, sore throat and muscle aches. As mentioned, the symptoms are non-specific and the person may attribute them to having the flu or other minor illness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Early as 2-4 weeks: People newly infected with HIV can see symptoms of "the worst flu ever" within 2-4 weeks of infection. Fever, sore throat, swollen glands, fatigue, rash, headache, body pains. Not everyone gets sick like this however. Sometimes it can take up to 10 years after infection to have these symptoms. If you are having unprotected sex you should get tested for HIV regularly and use condoms regularly. ...Read more
Misinformed>: Since you did not describe your symptoms then I cannot comment. I can just teach you that there are no common symptoms of an early HIV infection. If there are symptoms they are transient and not persistent. I'd love for you to share what specifically you are worrying about. ...Read more
Is 5 days enough time to check your HIV status from possible exposure?.Because i started getting possible symptoms 2-3days later
Too soon: 2-3 days is too soon to have symptoms, and 5 days is generally too soon to test. ...Read more
Sometimes Years: There are some people called "slow progressors" that never develop any signs or symptoms of HIV infection & they are often surprised to find from routine bloodwork that they are positive for hiv. These people can, however, pass along the virus. That is why it is important for anyone the is sexually active in a non-monogomous relationship to be tested regularly. ...Read more
Hi i don't know if i all will get all the reqrd answers here, i had protected sex various time n now developng HIV symptoms, need u r hlp pls...
HIV: There are no symptoms specific or diagnostic for HIV infection. If you feel you may have acquired this you should go and get tested, and if positive see an infectious diseases expert or other doctor who deals in HIV therapy. This is a treatable condition with medication and can be effectively controlled, hopefully until a full cure becomes available. ...Read more
Approximately how much time does take to feel the HIV and herpes symptoms? About how much time does a person will or should start feeling them?..
HIV: I will address one of your two questions. Hopefully another doctor will address the second one. A primary HIV infection is likely to occur within 1 to 2 months after infection. This can last several weeks. Symptoms can include loose bowel movements, sore throat, sores in the mouth, swollen neck lymph nodes, fever, headache, muscle & joint aches, rash, genital sores & night sweats. ...Read more
If someone were to be showing acute HIV symptoms, would there be multiple symptoms at a time close together or is it possible to experience just one?
How long can it possibly take, after you catch hiv/aids, until your body gets sick/you get symptoms? Can it take up to years? What's the maximum time?
HIV: The time from initiation of infection until deterioration of the immune system to the extent that you develop opportunistic infections can be quite variable, and depends upon many factors. There are some cohorts of patients who go 20+ years without illness and others as short as 5-6 years. If you may have been exposed the best thing is to be tested ASAP because early treatment=improved outcome. ...Read more
Does certain strains of HIV produce the same exact symptoms in people at the same time? No matter when infected?
Can you get OHL and thrush at the same time? I have the symptoms, does that mean I have HIV? I'm scared!
Listen buddy: If you have to ask, it's time to get tested for HIV. Every guy your age and older should probably get a quick HIV screen yearly. I'm betting, though, that the white stuff on your tongue is crud that will come off with a swipe of a piece of taut dental floss. If it hurts and/or just won't come off, get seen. Love safely, keep avoiding IV drugs, and get with your physician for an answer. ...Read more
Are boils a symptom of hiv? I've had recurring boils on my buttocks for some time and when I read up it says it could be & i'm scared :/
Had unprotected vaginal , did HIV combo, negative at 8 1/2 weeks , started to experience a rash on my chest at nine weeks is there any relation to have symptoms after that amount of time?
For sure not HIV: Negative combo test at 8+ weeks proves you do not have HIV. And of course a hundred things other than HIV can cause skin rash. Also, rash is never the only symptom of an HIV infection; there would also be fever and a number of other symptoms. Finally, 9 weeks definitely is too late for onset of HIV symptoms. See a doctor if the rash continues, but for sure you don't have HIV. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids),  a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more
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